For the first time in my life, my introverted self was not bothered by humans all around. Those locals added life, a fervour to the city that us foreigners could never compete with.
The locals made Nainital alive.
However, I wouldn't have minded a few moments of peace and solitude with what was becoming my favorite place in the world.
Okay, too soon, too soon!
I shall forever be yours!
Forcing myself out of the lake induced trance, I looked around. We were standing right next to a chai stall.
Having nothing better to do than to gawk at the lake, I decided to direct my attention to the chai which was now brewing.
Belonging from a Rajasthani family, that drinks chai more than they drink water, this beverage wasn't foreign to me.
I have brewed the beverage a few times myself, as a kid stole a few sips here and there when I thought no one was looking.
But God is always looking, kiddo.
Chai is, in fact, so common in my household, that I did not appreciate it as much.
So when in the stall next to me, when I saw a can of chai brewing, I should not have taken it as a life-changing event, right?
But does life work as we expect it to?
We all know the answer.
I was ready to say - 'I do.'
In front of me, rain was pouring down with no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
And right next to me, the perfect blend of tea leaves, water, sugar and milk was boiling, with no intention of slowing down.
And I was lost. Lost in the meaning of life.
Freezing and boiling, two opposite phenomena, taking place together. Theory of simultaneity!
'What an irony!', I smiled.
My smile had started attracting attention by now, but did I care?
Not at all!
Never had I ever found boiling of tea so captivating and pouring of water so enchanting!
I was trapped, officially, and it was just half past five on the first day, not even half an hour since we arrived.
'This is home!', I whispered and a beautiful smile graced my lips.
P.S.: If I had stayed for a couple of minutes longer, than I am pretty sure I would have gotten to see how the mental asylums in Nainital (or surrounding areas) looked like. But thank God, we were taken away by our guide!